1.1.I.70 Initial eligibility determination

Definition

An initial eligibility determination may be made in respect of a claim for PLP or DAPP if some, but not all of the eligibility criteria can be assessed at the time the claim is made. For example, initial eligibility determinations may be made on claims lodged prior to the birth or adoption, when proof of birth or entry into care cannot yet be provided and if it is not yet known if the person will have primary care of the child for PLP purposes, or care of the child for DAPP purposes.

For PLP primary claims, an initial eligibility determination may be made if Centrelink is satisfied the claimant meets the:

  • work test, and
  • income test, and
  • Australian residency test.

For PLP secondary claims, an initial eligibility determination may be made if Centrelink is satisfied the claimant:

  • meets the:
    • work test, and
    • income test, and
    • Australian residency test, or
  • will satisfy those tests on the day the claimant becomes the primary carer.

For DAPP claims, an initial eligibility determination may be made if Centrelink is satisfied the claimant:

  • meets the:
    • work test, and
    • income test, and
    • Australian residency test, or
  • will satisfy those tests on the day immediately before the person's nominated start date.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 26 Initial eligibility determinations (PLP), section 115BL Initial eligibility determinations (DAPP)

Policy reference: PPL Guide 6.2.1 Initial Eligibility Determinations for PLP

Last reviewed: 8 May 2017